After six months of workshops, meetings, mentor sessions and prototype building, the startups got to show off their progress last week, at the Startup in Residence Demo Day. In a packed Groninger Forum, six out of the eight selected companies shared their experiences and showed their progress. Here are the highlights:
Making sports facilities like swimming pools and ice rinks more sustainable is quite a challenge. Startup in Residence participant Sustainable Buildings already has a lot of experience doing just that for office buildings, and decided to take on this challenge too.
The results are in! Out of a total of 26 submissions for Startup in Residence, 8 startups have been selected to join the program. Last Friday at the Groninger Forum, they pitched their ideas and now it high time to roll up sleeves and get cracking on making Groningen and even more awesome place to work and live.
In August 2017, Sustainable Buildings secured €250.000 of seed investment from a Dutch Angel Investor. This private investor decided to put his trust in Sustainable Buildings, a startup company conceived at the University of Groningen. According to the Dutch Angel Investor, based on his expertise and experience, Sustainable Buildings’ innovative technology to make buildings smart will bring a radical change in the sustainability business.
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Sustainable Buildings, a brand new startup and spinoff of the University of Groningen, has already passed a few great milestones, like winning the Green Mind Award twice, the Startup Fast Track and the Pioneers Festival Community Award. Founded by Faris Nizamic and Tuan Anh Nguyen, the startup is now moving forward, after a very successful crowdfunding campaign last summer. Faris Nizamic and Tuan Anh Nguyen, who were PhD researchers of the University of Groningen, got the idea for their software system by looking at the energy usage of their own university office building; the lights that are left on when nobody’s around, or computers that stay on during the weekend, etc.
SustainableBuildings, a brand new startup and spinoff of the University of Groningen, recently launched a crowdfunding campaign to further develop their cloud based software. The campaign turned out to be a huge success for the promising startup, so much in fact, that they’ve decided to add another 10 days and an extra 50.000 euros to their funding goal.